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Ithaca Pils - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 04-19-2006)
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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick white cap that sticks throughout and leaves a good quantity of lace

Smell: Bready and grainy with a nice noble hops character

Taste: Grainy, up front, with a growing floral, noble hop bitterness that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow their is a sweet undertone the bitterness that adds a nice dimension

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While perhaps a notch below the top Pilseners brewed in PA, this is nevertheless a very nice example of the style by a brewer that makes some interesting beers

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine goldenrod beneath a large, creamy, French vanilla chapeau. Since Pils utilizes 100% German ingredients, it's a shame I couldn't have come up with something from that country to describe the color of the head. The foam is nicely sticky and deposits quite a bit of splotchy lace. A good beginning.

The nose isn't quite as malty (Pilsener, Munich) as it is noble hoppy (Magnum, Select, Perle, Tradition, Hallertau Hersbrucker). Despite having been dry-hopped, there isn't a whole lot of herbal, grassy pungency. Perhaps it was exploding with hops when it was first released back in April.

Ithaca Pils is too sweet and isn't bitter enough for the style. Malty pilseners are okay, as long as there are enough hops to dominate the flavor profile and to give the beer a crisp, clean, alpha acid snap. There's very little, if any, snappiness here. Also present is a hint of lemon zest and more than a hint of untoasted cereal grain that should have been hidden by... you guessed it... hops.

The body is on the portly side for the style. Since I like big mouthfeels in most instances, I like this one. More bubbles would have helped to lighten the load and would have added some excitement that is otherwise lacking.

Ithaca Pils is a summer seasonal that was first brewed this year. It isn't a bad beer by any means, but a few (fairly minor) tweaks are needed before it can be considered good. Not bad... not good... just okay. Let's see what next year's batch has in store.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a lighter dull golden with a large fluffy well retained white head a very nice pour.Clean toasty aromas maybe a bit to clean lightly toasty with a passing mineral-like note.Seemed to be more malt tilted at least up front,quite firm and toasty with a touch of honey sweetness an herbal smack of hops comes thru in the finish.A big sturdy pilsner here nice full mouthfeel and quite drinkable,not bad.

oberon, May 27, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 5-7-2007. Pours a clear gold. Mild nose of clean grains. Small white head. Flavor is smooth. Mild but firm sweet tones. Gentle metallic tone that is not too metal-like at all. Smooth grain flavors. Feel is standard on liquid and good on the bubble as well. Overall very drinkable I think. Might not be the greatest Pils ever, but it goes down smooth and even.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail Delicatessin - poured chilled from the 12oz into a tumbler
tasted alongside a couple other pilsners at the same time
A - A murkey hazy golden w/ thick sudsy white cream. The look is translucent w/ tiny bead and moderate lace sticking

S - A slightly grassy mild musty and chalky cardboard scent. The beer has a dry malt undertone

M- A nutty, dry and spiced mild bitter texture w/ moderate carbonation and gentle sweetness w/ a bitter grassy astingent finish

T - A taste that is both dull and bitter with a chalky grassy and dry flavor which leads to a sharp bitter end

D - The drinkability is not the best, in fact I probably won't try this again unless something changes -it gets distasteful 1/2way through

Slatetank, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt scent along with a lemony zest. It's dry with some residual maltiness and a light German hop aroma. The taste is above average. It has a pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some German hop character. It does has a lemony feel with some maltiness lingering. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is not the best pilsner on the market, although it's not that bad. What it is, is Ithaca expanding it's lineup like it's consistantly done in recent years. It's their first attempt and I'm sure they will tweek the recipe. Good luck guys!

WesWes, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden with a thin head that becomes wispy. Bits of lacing stick.

The smell is fruity, in an odd-ish way, with herbal/grassy notes and a touch of dough. Like the appearance, not quite as "clean" as would like, but a nice enough aroma.

The taste is bready, slightly musty, with a touch of sour leading to a grassy/herbal finish. Aftertaste better than taste.

The feel is light-bodied with a lingering dryness.

It does have a nice bitter, drying finish, but while drinking it is a bit too bready/doughy and the slight sour touch mixed in doesn't really help. Could be cleaner all around, though it finishes nicely.

jwc215, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw color with an extensive stream of upwardly mobile bubbles. Impressive three-finger, snow powdery white head that recedes in a rocky fashion.

Fresh, malty aroma. Neutral hop. (weakest part of the tasting).

Far more bitter than the aroma would suggest--more than a typical pils. Very dry with a solid body for the style. Leaves a long-lasting bitter, bitter hop aftertaste (that goes on forever).

Overall, this is an interesting, albeit slightly off, pilsener. I'd seek it out to try it in a flight of other pils.

smcolw, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a transparend gold with a small white head of velvet that slowly fades away. Small traces of CO2 slowly rise to the top. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy saaz hops, earthy minerals, pepper, mild grain, and some abrassive husk.
Taste is of grainy, spicy hops with light cornbread, cracked peppercorn, and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, corn, spice, and grain husks lingering on the palate.

weeare138, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Schells Pilsner Glass

Pours almost 2 fingers of pretty straight forward white head. Clear light straw yellow in color. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles in the beer. Pretty good head retention leaving some good lace. Typical looking pils.

Aroma: A fairly decent hop profile, but there is a balance with the malts. Reminds me a litte of a saison. Has the black pepper spice and some of the similar yeast. Kind of interesting for a pils.

Taste: The saison spices are the first that hit. The black pepper and the funk are very present. This beer really reminds me of a farmhouse ale. Then comes the floral hops and bready malts. Are very balanced beer. One of the better pils I have had.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and a little bitter. Fairly light bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Leaves a terribly dry peppery aftertaste. Too dry for me.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. I enjoy pils, but this one really grabbed my attention. Very drinkable, but I think I would stick to just this one for the night.

mothman, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +37.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal and musty hop and a light grain.

The taste consisted of an upfront hop spice that slowly melted into the crisp grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a tasty and hoppy pils. Good drinkability.

plaid75, May 28, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle, best by 9/2008. Pours a straw yellow with a small foamy white head. Aroma of stale wheat and hay. Flavor is similar, along with a sharp light fruitiness. Not very exciting. Too stale for me.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20
(3.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into stange on 5/5/08. Included in the new Ithaca variety case, so I don't think it's retired.

A - Clear golden body with towering 3+ finger white foamy head as a result of a vigorous pour. Plenty of bubbly foam stuck to the sides of the glass. Nice swirling carbonation bubbles.

S - Quite a lot of lemon zest in the aroma as well as hints biscuity malt and just a touch of butter. Mild grassy hops are also present.

T - Grassy hops and lemon zest is balanced by a malt flavor reminiscent of fresh baked biscuits and buttery crackers. Finishes with a crisp grassy hop bite and a grainy, biscuity malt aspect. Lemon flavor is present throughout.

M - Creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness and moderate amount of carbonation causing some tingling on the tongue. Finish is quite bitter and remains on the palate for a while.

D - Pretty solid pilsner from Ithaca. There's an odd buttery taste in the back that I can't get past for some reason. But it's still pretty true to style and easy to quaff.

ffejherb, May 06, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

A new release from Ithaca, this pils is brewed with a traditional German yeast strain and five classic German hop varieties.

Pours pale golden, with a touch of chill haze and a creamy foam head that sticks as it recedes to a nice lace. Great complex herbal hop character in the nose, with soft bready malts beneath. Smooth, rounded malty body--not as crisp as expected. Sweetness is quite low, with notes of bread and fresh grains. Gives off a hint of honey as it warms, and maybe a thin butteriness. Bitterness isn't overbearing, either, but there's plenty of hop character--slightly citric, denser herbal notes, pith and orange blossom in the finish.

As traditional German Pilsner fans, we would have preferred a crisper carbonation to liven things up a bit and lend a cleaner profile. It's also not as delicate as traditional examples. Regardless, overall, this is a good pick and an enjoyable brew. It's also nice to see another lager on the market, if only for the summer.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +10.2%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. This pils appears a clear bright golden yellow color with a finger of bone white foam. Aroma and flavor are of rather mild earthy, grassy hops, lightly toasted grains, sweet malts. Fruity, yet a tad bitter. Crisp and dry and adequately carbonated. Thanks to brothercannon for sharing this from his mixed pack.

ClockworkOrange, May 19, 2009
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy straw color. A finger of white head with really nice lacing. Fairly nice clarity as well.

S: Nice big continental hop nose right up front. Some hints of citrus. The malt is really vibrant. Not much else you could want.

T: Just a really nice balance between the hop bitterness and the malt. Really a well balanced pilsner. This was a super fresh bottle and that makes all the difference in the world.

M: Light body but a little bit heavier than other pilsners. Still refreshing.

D: A really nice easy drinking example of the style. I think the reviews are so long due to now resolved distribution issues. Many an Ithaca beer on the shelves around here was over 2 years old.

aerozeppl, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of animal69
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another from their sampler, pours an almost hazy pale golden-yellow with a creamy white short lived head that leaves a thick coat of lace in my stange ; a grassy hop aroma w/ a slightly sour steely grain smell underneath, an "iced tea" and pine maybe as it warms ; a good initial hop bite and a toasty malt flavor the same tea-like hop flavor, really clean, crisp malt flavor profile, just some strange spice flavor i can't place or enjoy ; a dry, light, yet creamy body, a decent co2 level ; a def. quaffer, esp. when hoopin'...

animal69, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a 1-finger white head that retains well. Good visible active fine-bubbled carbonation.

S: Slightly fruity with a hint of grains.

T: Fruit with a bit of soapyness up front. Finishes with a lingering grassiness that coats the palate and stays with you. After awhile the fruitiness becomes more prevalent, but the grass is still there.

M: Light in heft, slightly creamy in feel. I like a bit more "bite" to my pilsners if that makes sense.

D: OK.

Kendo, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of WeisGuy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lum for this extra!

a - bright golden color, smallish white head with little retention or lacing, clear

s - grassy and grainy/bready maltiness mixed in with hints of lemony hops

t - sweet maltiness and lemon tinted bitterness up front and on the midpalate, the finish is grassy and grainy malt that lingers with hints of lemon, no alcohol

m - light-to-medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation, fairly dry finish for a pils

d - pretty drinkable, though the finish is a bit dryer than I'm used to from a pils

Decent pils overall, though nothing extraordinary. Worth a try if you have access.

WeisGuy, May 21, 2008
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Ithaca Pils from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.